House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings Series #1)

House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings Series #1)

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House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings Series #1) by Robert Liparulo, Joshua Swanson

Dream house . . . or bad dream?

When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.

But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into--as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house.

They soon discover there's something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.

Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading off to far-off places--in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen's dream come true . . . or his worst nightmare.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441777225
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Series: Dreamhouse Kings Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 8
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Robert Liparulo is an award-winning author of over a thousand published articles and short stories, and he has written and sold the rights to several motion pictures. Currently a contributing editor for New Man magazine, his work has appeared in Reader's Digest, Travel & Leisure, Self, and more. In addition, he previously worked as a celebrity journalist, interviewing Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Charlton Heston, and others.

Joshua Swanson is an actor and voice-over talent. He's worked in major motion pictures and television and as a voice talent has worked in all facets of the business. An award-winning audiobook narrator with over sixty titles to his name, Swanson has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 540 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in Robert Liparulo's new Young Adult series. What does that mean, 'Young Adult'? Basically it means that the book is shorter. Don't be afraid though, in just 286 pages Liparulo manages to pack in enough creepiness, intrigue, excitement and fun that you'll swear it's a full blown novel. 'Young Adults' and adults alike will find something to love here, as Liparulo proves once again that he's a master of his craft. It's easy to identify with the King family, and anyone who's ever changed houses, schools or cities will be able to empathize with the memorable characters. From Xander's resentment at his parents for moving him away from his friends (and girlfriend) to Ed (the father's) concerns for his new job, it's easy to feel like you know the King Family. The settings are perfect, reading late a night gave me shivers as the creepiness of the King family's new home kicked into overdrive. Simply stated, for the money you can't find a better book for parents and teens alike. Highly recommended.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
I haven't seen the Young Adult years in...years, but I can tell you that this series is SCARY even for adults. I finished House of Dark Shadows a little while ago and can testify that it's freakier than Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews and just about as scary as The Amityville Horror. Did I mention this book was scary, LOL? But I finished it. I just didn't read it at night. Seriously. And I'm thankful that my house has neither an attic or a basement or I wouldn't be able to sleep! I know it's just fiction, but while I was reading the story I was in it, so it seemed real to me. Too real. So far I haven't found a spiritual element 'like they didn't even pray when scared' but it's still an incredibly entertaining tale of horror. I dare say it ranks right up there with any number of scary secular novels. There is even some blood in the book. Did I mention it was scary? Bottom line...this is top notch fiction but it is tolerable even for big honking chickens like me. In fact, I want to read the next book right away...but it's dark outside, so that'll have to wait until tomorrow!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Xander King is seriously bummed when his family moves from Pasadena, CA to a little hick town called Pinedale. He loved his life back home and can't imagine what this new town and new school could possibly have to offer. When the King's arrive they begin searching for a house to buy and finally stumble across an old, abandoned Victorian home deep in the woods. Xander's parents instantly fall in love with the old house and set to work trying to make it livable. Xander and his brother, David, begin exploring and make startling discoveries. It seems one of the closets is some sort of gateway to a locker in their new school. If that wasn't strange enough, they also discover a secret passageway that is full of rooms that are portals to other worlds. After a couple of exploring adventures gone bad, the boys soon realize that this house is much more dangerous than they could have ever imagined. Unfortunately, the King's are about to discover just how real that danger is. Robert Liparulo is known for pulse-pounding thrillers. With winners like Comes a Horseman, Germ, and Deadfall under his belt, he has truly left his mark on the genre. Now Liparulo graces his fans with a new young adult series that has everything we've come to expect from him and more. House of Dark Shadows is a fun story that is full of thrills and chills that never feel watered down for the young adult audience. Xander and David's mini adventures and discoveries are laced with just the right amount of action and intrigue to keep you nervously flying through the pages. The house itself is one of the strongest characters in the book, bringing a delightfully creepy tone to this well crafted tale. As always, Liparulo's writing carries deeper meaning beyond the action and thrills. At its heart this story is about the bond of family and love, and the power therein. With every new novel Liparulo continues to prove what an incredible storyteller he is and this new series is no exception. The end will leave you begging for more and loving every moment. This is Robert Liparulo at his best!
Sarah_T26 More than 1 year ago
I don't gush about books very often. I read a lot of young adult novels (even though I'm a "few" birthdays past young), and I have to say this is one of the best I've read. And I'm not alone: My son (who IS the age this book was intended for) grabbed it as soon as I put it down. He has a hard time reading anything, but he read this one in two sittings! He rambled on about it so much, all of his friends are reading it now.

The first chapter hooked me. The next few chapters introduce us to the characters, the location and THE HOUSE. I was expecting a typical thriller, all plot, no character development, but thankfully, I was wrong. We really get to know (and love) the characters--through their relationships with each other and their reactions to the crazy, creepy events happening to them and around them.

I truly loved the development of the story, like a storm coming in: first it gets cold, then a little rainy, then BOOM! By the time the REAL action starts (what the house is all about!) I was totally there, I was one of the King family. That says a lot for this author's ability to write description and characters.

Speaking of BOOM!, this house is fantastic, in every sense of the word. It's creepy and spooky and leads to all kinds of adventures. It's not JUST a dark, foreboding house, with things that go bump in the night. It's a door into history, a time-warping slingshot to different places and times. The possibilities are endless--and very rewarding.

After finishing this one, I immediately read "Watcher in the Woods," the second book in the series (how can you not?), and it's even better than the first (but read "House of Dark Shadows" first). It has a lot more action and the introduction of an incredible villain. I can't wait for the third installment to find out more about him, and how the Kings handle all the chaos thrown at them!

I like the way Liparulo paints every scene. You can almost SMELL the house decaying around them. I found myself squinting at the page, as the characters squinted into dark, shadowy rooms. It felt like I was watching a movie, not reading a book. He knows how to give readers the heebie-jeebies, and also knows something a lot of writers of this kind of story (a chiller) don't seem to know: that we have to CARE about the characters to care about what HAPPENS to them.

If you're looking for a thoroughly entertaining story for kid (maybe ten-years-old to late teens) or even for yourself, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. It's really a lot of fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love this series! every single book in this series is filled with action and suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat practically gluing your eyes to the page! i was so absorbed in this book! i read all of them in like two days! everything about this series is just-WOW!!!! :) i love it and it keeps you wanting to read more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely amazing. It is not for the faint of heart! If you love creepy and mysterious, its the book for u.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a really awesome. Its a good book for 10-12 year olds. Me and my friend loved these books, there are 6 series to this book. It gets sad at the end of this book bit gets a lot better through out the series. Hope u like it too!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the House of Dark Shadows, RObert Liparulo tells a tragic, suspenseful, amazing story about a family who moves to a creepy Victorian house and they see and hear things that shouldn't be there. Fifteen-year old Xander is devastated when he moves from L.A. to Pinedale. Xandder and his family find and old Victorian house that needs to be fixed up. Xander and his little brother David starts seeing and hearing things. There little sister Toria thinks its big foot? Xander and David find portals to other times, like Xander finds himself in the Roman Coliseum fighting a vicious gladiator and David in a safari running from three tiges. Then Toria wakes up screaming in the middle of the night saying she saw a big hairy man in her door way and it says something she doesnt understand. Her bear (Wuzzy),a bear that records sounds, captures the voice Toria heard "Sas ehei na erthete na paiksei." Their father knows something his children and wife doesn't know. When Xander's father tells him he is furious, upset, and crushed. You can feel the tension Xander has. Xander starts to feel hatred for his father, but he still loves him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never read such an an amazing book! Bought the whole series.... Simply amazing!
Zachary Bevill More than 1 year ago
Great plot! The suspense and twists have you contiuosly wanting more!!!!!!
The-Biggest-Bookworm More than 1 year ago
This book (and the rest of the series) are, to say the least, books that were added immediately to my list of favorite books even before turning the last page. The back cover shows you a glimpse of the world inside its pages, and it almost draws you in. (Like the portals! ;D) I've got to say each book just seems to get better and better. I actually hesitated a bit when I bought it, though, because I had seen a similar back cover for the book 100 Cupboards. I didn't hesitate because I thought it would be identical, I hesitated because I did not think 100 Cupboards lived up to the wonders the preview told you you would experience. I didn't want another book like that. But I bought House of Dark Shadows anyway, and I was so very glad that I did! I finished it in one day, unable to put it down. And then I fled my house the next day as though it was the King's "Dreamhouse" to buy the next one. I've already shared it with around five of my friends, and they all are rushing to the store asap to buy it themselves. So if you are at the bookstore and see this, please don't pass it by, trust me, you'll be doing yourself a favor!
IleahWalter More than 1 year ago
If I could give this series a 20 star rating- I completely, and wholeheartedly would. As soon as you turn to the first page in House of Dark Shadows you are sucked into the story, and it doesn't release you until the last page of Frenzy, and even then the story sticks with you. I have never read a book series quite like this one- EVER. I could read about the King family for 12 more books, and not get bored for one second. It has just the right amount and blend of intensity, humor, fear, and mystery that you never know what will appear around the corner, and in this house, it could very easily be anything.
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Mcfan97 More than 1 year ago
Accidentally read the second book in this series first and was so in love, had to start at the beginning. This is a great series for adults as well as teens. Great for those who love mystery and historical fiction. Would highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my second time reading this series it is very good!
WiseTerri More than 1 year ago
Well written and kept my interest. Makes you want more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I happened to be searching for a great book and I read the sample of this 1st book called house of dark shadows and its a book series called dreamhouse kings and It was so interesting that I bought the ebook online and I found that it was such a great book that I couldn't put it down so I recommend this series!